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Yiddish Book Center (Chad)Selma Gordon 12July2013 Yiddish Book Center

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Selma Gordon was born in 1918 in New Jersey and lived in New York. Her mother was from an orthodox family and was quite religious; her father was a free-thinker and was not interested in the religious traditions. He had a desire for her to learn not only to speak but to read and write Yiddish, so he sent her to a Yiddish shule. She had a rich cultural life - music, theater, film, art - both Yiddish and secular. Also had quite a religious upbringing. She loves Yiddish and Yiddishkayt. The interview covered her early years, her marriage and family life, and her current Yiddish activities, her Yiddish and religious schooling and experience in Hashomer Aatzair.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit:

To cite this interview: Selma Gordon Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Dabek, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, July 12, 2013. Video recording, [] ( [date accessed] )

This movie is part of the collection: Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Producer: Yiddish Book Center (Chad)
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; Family history; stories about ancestors; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language; Yiddish learning; Other languages; Hebrew; Visual Arts; Theater; Music; Film; Radio; Literature; Poetry; Holocaust; Religion and ritual; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; Israel; Zionism; United States; Youth group; Summer camp; Transmission; Roots/heritage; Jewish community; Urban; Selma Gordon; Lodz; Manhattan; Brooklyn; Bronx; Hashomer Hatzair; 1918-1928; present; Hashomer Hatzair; Zionism; Orthodox; Reform; Conservative Judaism

Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International

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AR439_1326 Great Grandparents Back 670.2 KB 
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AR439_1330 Sweet Sixteen Note 541.3 KB 
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